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Phil Mickelson gets in the mix with third round 63

Shane Bacon
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Before the week, all the talk in the world was about Phil Mickelson's belly ... well, his belly putter. Lefty switched to the popular device for this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, and while most were focusing on what he was using on the greens, few were noticing how well he was hitting the ball.

That will stop now after Mickelson posted a third-round 63, jumping in the mix at a tournament few thought he had a chance at. How great was Phil hitting the ball on Sunday in Boston? Good enough that he said after he was thinking about that dreamy 59 number after his eagle on the par-4 12th.

He's still a ways back of the lead, sitting three shots back of the leaders before they teed off in the third round, but it was a nice way to get back into a tournament and show that while Phil might be changing things on the greens, he isn't changing much with his approach into them.

If he can keep this momentum going, we might see a similar battle on Monday that we saw at Torrey Pines earlier this year, when both Phil and Bubba Watson went after it, with Bubba coming out up top.

Hopefully for Phil, and the American Presidents Cup team, both will keep this good playing going, because the team will need both lefties to be throwing darts in Australia to have a great shot at reclaiming the cup.

Oh, and as for the belly putter? Phil is 31st this week in putts per greens in regulation, a better number than we've seen from him this season.

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